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Haven't done one of these in awhile so if you're on my friends list and you haven't seen anything from me in months, you might want to log in. ^_~

However, the main purpose of this entry... uhh... is that I'm bored.

I have just figured out that going to East Texas to visit my family on Amtrak will run me about $45 round trip including DART rail fare to downtown and back, and seeing as this is about what a tank of gas costs (as of the last time I filled up, anyway), and I normally spend more than a tank of gas getting there and driving around once I get there, I think I'll be using this option next time I go. It doesn't take much longer, and seeing as there's only one train per day each way, it'll give me a better excuse for when I want to leave.

Last time I went down, which was last week, I did only spend a tank of gas, because I just went to my great aunt's and everybody else came to me, but this isn't always practical, especially for my dad and my sister, so yes. Light rail to Union Station is $2, Amtrak fare to Marshall, TX is $20 (I did notice that going to Longview, which is about 25 miles closer, is actually more expensive. Not sure why...). Not having to drive those 3 hours (okay, so the trains will take 4 hours): Priceless.

Before too long, gas will be more expensive than that train trip, and I'll have to be crazy to drive that far. Here's hoping the rising gas prices will drive people to the trains...

Also, does anyone else have the game Luminous Arc? I can't be the only one...
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hnpcc From: hnpcc Date: Friday 4th July 2008 03.53 (UTC) (Link)
Pure curiosity - how much does it cost to fill a car where you are these days? I mean, obviously these things vary a bit according to the car, but atm it's costing me ~$60 to fill up my 1988 Toyota Corolla (45L tank, no idea what that translates to in gallons, yet another measurement I can't do.)

I guess the flip side is - how independent of your family do you want to be when you get there? Can you catch up with other people without having a car, and is that worth the extra dollars?
valamelmeo From: valamelmeo Date: Friday 4th July 2008 09.53 (UTC) (Link)
My 2004 PT Cruiser has a 15gal (56.78L) tank. Last time I filled up when close to empty it was about $3.85/gal, costing me around $47, and I usually buy around 12-13gal. That was nearly 2 weeks ago, though, and I'm seeing prices more like $3.99/gal now.

With my family, having a good excuse to leave is worth a lot more than being independent while I'm there. Not that I don't like to spend time with them, I just don't like being away from home more than 48 hours or so without making accommodations for the cat.

I don't know anyone else out there anyway, but in a single visit I usually manage to see most of everyone out there, which is my dad, my brother, my sister, my great-aunt, and my grandmother. My sister lives about 60 miles from my great-aunt, and everybody else lives somewhere in between them. They don't think that's too far, but I'm used to living in the city. ^_~

I already pretty regularly visit my mom who lives on the other side of the city by having her pick me up at the rail station nearest her (I live about 3 miles from the northern end of the line, and she lives about 10 miles from the southern end of the line). I usually try to convince her that I can't stay overnight, though, because in the same day I can go there and come back on the same $2 fare. The 30-odd miles of obnoxious city traffic in between usually takes a quarter of a tank of gas and about an hour, and the train takes about the same amount of time. With my mom, though, not being independent can sometimes be an issue as she tends to take you hostage...
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